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Bucks hope to move to No. 1 in tonight's draft lottery

For the second straight year, the Milwaukee Bucks will have a seat at tonight's (Tuesday) NBA Draft Lottery.

Milwaukee has the seventh overall draft pick at the moment and there's a 4.3-percent chance they'll move up to No. 1.

It happened three years ago, when the Bucks overcame odds of just 6-percent for getting top pick and they used it on center Andrew Bogut.

This time, new General Manager John Hammond says he might trade his first-round pick if he can get somebody who can improve the team now.

He says the Bucks should be open to anything, but they might be hard-pressed to deal away the top pick if it means getting guard Derrick Rose from Memphis or forward Michael Beasley of Kansas State - the two standouts in this year's draft.

Sampson grateful

Bucks' Assistant Coach Kelvin Sampson says he's grateful for his new job after leaving Indiana in disgrace three months ago.

The NCAA slapped five major violations on the Hoosier basketball program and Sampson was accused of violating previous sanctions against him on his recruiting calls.

Sampson was introduced Monday as an assistant for new Bucks' coach Scott Skiles. Sampson said he would comment on the NCAA matter until after he appears before the agency's infractions committee in mid-June.

He did say he was interested in an NBA coaching job and he's grateful Skiles is giving him the chance.

Skiles said he never hesitated about pursuing Sampson, calling him a brilliant basketball mind and Skiles considered hiring Sampson even before he knew he was getting the Milwaukee job.